A 20-year-old student identified as, Sanni Hameedat, from the University of Ilorin, UNILORIN, has reportedly taken her own life, after lending a boy she met on the social media platform, Snapchat, the sum of N500,000.

According to Rubiks, the private hostel management she resided in before her demise, Hameedat was in the midst of her SIWES program when this tragic incident unfolded.

The private hostel management issued a statement, revealing that her suicide was a result of immense pressure from Snapchat “app agents” demanding the swift repayment of the loan.

Her brother’s inability to assist her financially added to her mounting troubles and ultimately led to her experiencing severe depression.

The statement from the hostel management shed light on the sequence of events;

Hameedat, entrusted with a significant sum of money by her mother, met a young man on Snapchat who claimed his mother was suffering from breast cancer and urgently needed N500,000. Out of compassion, she lent him half of the N1 million she held for her mother, with the promise of repayment. However, when her mother needed the money back, the young man abruptly cut off all contact, leaving Hameedat in distress. She managed to gather N450,000 from the loan apps and contributed her savings of N50,000 to cover the borrowed N500,000.

Tragically, she was found in a critical condition by her roommate, who discovered her foaming from the mouth and vomiting.

Hameedat had reportedly ingested a bottle of the pesticide known as Sniper the night before.

Despite being rushed to University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, UITH, she was declared deceased.

The university officials, including the Dean of the Student Affairs Unit and the Head of Corporate Affairs, did not provide comments due to their involvement in the combined convocation ceremony.

The Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Student Affairs are very much aware of the issue, and they have reported to the appropriate authority to begin a full-length investigation into the matter. He It is sad that the university community lost her in such a devastating manner.

Ologundudu Adesunkanmi, Student Union President UNILORIN

However, the Student Union President, Ologundudu Adesunkanmi, who confirmed the incident in the absence of the University VC and Dean of Student Affairs, expressed sorrow over the loss, assuring that a thorough investigation would take place.

Story: Asma’u Sani